If only the shot clock was 30 seconds long, instead of 35, perhaps Wabash Valley College coach Dan Sparks would have been recapping a Great Rivers Athletic Conference win on Monday night.
But it isn’t, and he wasn’t.
The Warriors appeared to waste too many good defensive stands by slipping up as the shot clock wound down and allowing an easy basket or rebound. Kaskaskia took advantage of the missteps to open the final week of the regular season with a 75-70 win at Spencer Sports Center.
“You’ve got to want to go get the ball,” Sparks said after the loss. “We’ve got people who want to break out for a layup, and expect someone else to get the ball. That’s not the way it’s played.”
WVC (15-13, 6-8 in GRAC play) led early 8-0, and it was still 28-20 when the Blue Devils went on a 14-5 run to gain the advantage by halftime, 34-33.
“We just quit playing defense. Their big kids just scored anytime they wanted the ball,” Sparks said.
Kaskaskia’s Kevin Swanson came off the bench to finish game-high with 22 points.
Wabash Valley was led by Thomas Feeney with 17 points. Alvin Braddock added 16, Rontray Chavis 13 and Tyrone Sherman 10 points.
For the second straight game, the Warriors played without their two tallest players, Chris Griffin and Phillip Jackson, who along with Beau Bridgland remain sidelined with injuries. Since their return is still questionable, Sparks said “they’re out right now so we need to get along without them,” he said.